Early data on learning loss show big drop in math, but not reading skills

A national testing organization that predicted school closures last spring would leave students far behind where they should be academically as they entered schools this fall released data Tuesday showing the reality, while worrisome, was less dire.

The test results from the Portland-based nonprofit organization NWEA is one of the first large-scale efforts documenting the actual “learning loss” caused by the disruptions of Covid-19 that educators fear could set back a generation of students.

Other researchers also have tried to quantify “learning loss,” although the term may be a misnomer, at least in this case. While some students’ math and reading skills actually did regress on the organization’s MAP Growth assessment, most returned to school this fall showing gains from the spring — but less than what they otherwise would have achieved, NWEA said.

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